Pay Attention to Connect

Building your social capital is one of the best investments you can make in your life. Multiple studies show that people who live in tight-knit communities are happier and healthier despite whatever challenges they may face. Of course, it takes effort to build meaningful community in the digital age. One way to deepen your ties …

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Life Got You in a Funk? 15 Ideas to Nourish Your Spirit

Life Got You in a Funk? 15 Ideas to Nourish Your Spirit This week I bought myself flowers at the grocery store, and I placed them in a white pitcher in the middle of our dining room table. For as little as $5, the bouquet of sweet cheerful, lavender-colored daisies immediately boosts my spirits every …

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Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters

Digital Kids: Why Mindful Screen Use Matters The statistics are alarming. The rates of depression and anxiety are skyrocketing among our youth. More kids report feelings of loneliness. Teens who spend more than three hours a day on an electronic device are 35% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor. Girls, in …

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Three Ways to Bring More Joy into Your New Year

Three Ways to Bring More Joy into Your New Year The new year is just beginning and maybe you’re already wondering how you’re going to crush that lengthy list of resolutions you made. The hard truth is we can’t create lasting change in our lives if we aren’t having fun in the process or enjoying …

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Creative Connection Tip: Host a Craft Party

How about hosting a craft party for your next Moms’ Night Out?  I’ve attended three craft parties since October. Two were at friends’ homes and another was at a local winery. Before you dismiss this idea out of hand simply because you don’t consider yourself crafty, I’ve found that women who claim to have the …

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May the Grinch Not Steal Your Christmas: A Ridiculous Rhyme

Dear readers, Sometimes we all take life a little too seriously, especially around the holidays. I know I do! Between those long (mysteriously quiet) lines snaking through the post office, drivers teetering on road rage and shoppers losing their—well, you know—I decided I needed to add some levity to my season. Frankly, I was starting …

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Creative Connection Tip: Ideas for Family Fun After the Big Thanksgiving Day Meal

Thanksgiving Day is only a week and a half away. While you may be busy planning the big meal, having a few fun activities up your sleeve once Thanksgiving dinner is over is great way to make the holiday extra special. In my article published in the November issue of Kansas City Parent magazine, families …

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Creative Connection Tip: Start a Cooking Club

For those who love to talk about food as much as they love to cook and eat it, a cooking club can be a creative and enticing way to connect with other like-minded culinary fans or individuals who want to hone their food prep skills. Here’s how to start a cooking club: Theme. Choose a theme …

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But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence

But What Do I Say? 10 Conversation Starters for Moms to Help You Connect with Confidence The most difficult part of going to a social gathering where you won’t know anyone is managing the awkward small talk. That alone pushes most people to just stay home. But making face-to-face connections is an important way to …

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Foster Empathy to Help Prevent Bullying

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Want to prevent bullying? Empathy is the key. Kids who are high in empathy are less likely to bully. You can begin teaching this skill from infancy. Unfortunately, fewer kids are learning this valuable social skill. Researchers have discovered that the levels of empathy among college students has taken …

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